25 September 2023

A Boy and a Dog

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Reviewed by Rama Gaind.

By Shae Millward, Illustrated by Jenni Goodman, New Holland, $16.99.

In her first published book, Shae demonstrates how a true friend can leave ‘paw prints on your heart’.

Anatole France was so right in saying, “until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened”.

Such is the case with this engaging children’s picture book for three-to-eight-year-olds. It’s about a coincidental meeting and finding eternal friendship by A Boy and a Dog.

A memorable story written poetically about a lonesome boy and a lonely dog who find each other and discover real friendship. It’s lyrical presentation tugs at the heart giving a touching insight into the special bond between children and animals with the universal themes of trust, belonging, friendship, love, joy and compassion.

A simply wonderful narrative, finely complemented by Goodman’s colourful illustrations, touch gently on the subject of animal welfare.

This is a book that will make your heart smile and your tail wag!

Our furry friends do connect emotionally. They know when we’re happy, sad or pensive. They are with us every day serving as a loyal companion and unwavering friend.

Being a dog lover, it’s fair to say they teach us a lot of things, but none more important than to love unreservedly. Dogs are ‘not our whole life, but they make our lives whole’.

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